Snoring and sleep apnea are common sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) problems that can affect your sleep, health and quality of life.
Approximately one in every five adults has SDB.
Up to 80% of these are unaware of their condition and remain undiagnosed and untreated.
Snoring and sleep apnea often occur together.
Your airway may:
Narrow, limiting airflow as you breathe
Vibrate, commonly heard as snoring
Collapse, so you stop breathing
This third type of change is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It is the most common type of SDB and each incident may last for 10 seconds or longer.
Symptoms from lack of sleep are often what prompt people with OSA to visit their doctor.
These may include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Poor concentration
- Poor memory